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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper had $330 million in his budget and an inquiring mind as he tossed out questions to his 1.5 million Instagram followers on how to spend his cash in Philadelphia.“Philly help me out!” he wrote on a post like a typical tourist.Harper solicited suggestions for best restaurants Mitch Williams Jersey , things to do, best art and live music — yes, even Pilates places — and local hot spots.The last one was easy: The hottest spot on Thursday in Philly is Harper’s new home at Citizens Bank Park .Philly has been amped for Harper’s arrival since he left the Washington Nationals to sign a $330 million, 13-year contract with the Phillies and the 2015 NL MVP has stirred anticipation in town for opening day not felt in years. The Phillies and their various merchandise partners have assuredly seen the Harper merchandise machine start to stuff the coffers. The latest fashion trend in Philly is the wave of various Harper T-shirts, caps and jerseys worn by everyone from die-hards and kids to casual fans and concession workers.Harper is the 26-year-old New Kid in Town and he’s trying to fit in like any transplant — and he’s hit all the right notes much in the way he hits fastballs.He posted a black-and-white photo from his first workout in Philly , writing, “how I longed to see the Liberty Bell,” and signing it “(hashtag)Phamily.”Harper may fit the exuberant mold of former Phillies stars Pete Rose and Jimmy Rollins more than the understated stardom of Mike Schmidt and Chase Utley. Either way Dave Cash Jersey , if he hits, he’ll feel at home in Philly.Harper takes his first swing toward Philly’s first postseason appearance since 2011 in the opener against Julio Teheran and the NL East champion Atlanta Braves. Harper has eight career home runs and reached base 29 times in 51 plate appearances against Teheran.“I’m just very excited to be in front of a new fan base and see what it’s all about,” Harper said this week. “I walked into the clubhouse and it was open arms from everybody. You never know what you’re going to get. I’ve only played in one clubhouse, I’ve only played on one team. It’s a little nervous as well, walking in there. But from Day 1, it felt right.”Harper was the centerpiece of a significant offseason for the Phillies. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, starting his second season, may as well have handed the lineup card to Oprah Winfrey: You get an All-Star! And you get an All-Star! And you get an All-Star! The opening day lineup is impressive: Andrew McCutchen http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , Jean Segura, Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Odubel Herrera and starter Aaron Nola (17-6, 2.37 ERA) have all made All-Star teams.After six straight losing seasons, the Phillies (80-82) already were expecting to contend for a postseason berth before adding Harper. Now, they should be a serious challenger for a pennant. They led their division with the second-best record in the NL one week into August before they collapsed and lost 33 of the final 49 games.Teheran (9-9, 3.94 ERA) once drilled Harper with a fastball to the leg in a 2013 game that saw both the Nationals and Braves benches clear. Harper had homered off Teheran earlier in the game and used a 23.66-second trot that riled up the Braves ace and had him looking for retribution.Teheran will make his sixth straight opening day start for the Braves Aaron Nola Jersey , who lost to Dodgers in Division Series. NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr. (.293, 26, 64, 16 SBs) gives Atlanta (90-72) an exciting new face of the franchise, joining Freddie Freeman, who remains in his prime after placing fourth in NL MVP voting last season.Harper may get all the hype.But he’ll have to wrest the East crown out of Atlanta.“The East is crazy,” Freeman said. “It’s going to be a fight to the end. A lot of people are talking about everybody else and they forget we won 90 games and got better.”So did the Phillies, and Harper is ready to prove he can become the MVP candidate in Philly the franchise expected when it signed him to the massive deal.And it all starts with that first at-bat on opening day.“When I step into a batter’s box Juan Samuel Jersey , 45,000 people going crazy, I would love to put a heart-rate monitor on and see what it looks like,” he said. “I enjoy those moments. I enjoy the craziness.” Focus On Sport/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera on his unanimous induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday:Donald J. Trump realDonaldTrumpCongratulations to Mariano Rivera on unanimously being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame! Not only a great player but a great person. I am thankful for Mariano鈥檚 support of the Opioid Drug Abuse Commission and FitnessGov. #EnterSandman #HOF2019 Rivera is the first ballplayer in Hall of Fame historyto receive 100 percent of the votes:MLB Stats MLBStatsUnaniMOus, for the greatest closer of all-time. #HOF2019 OSEtHuNdMaA 13-time All-Star, Rivera played all 19 of his major league seasons with the Yankees. He won five World Series and amassed an MLB-record 652 saves.Rivera began his pro career in 1995 as a starter before moving to the bullpen. That move turned out to be career-changing, as he became a dominant setup man for the 1996 World Series champion Yankees.One season later, Rivera took over the closer role and never looked back.The owner of a sub-2.00 ERA for 11 of his 19 seasons http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , Rivera's best work arguably came in 2008, when he finished top five in the AL Cy Young voting, posted a microscopic 1.40 ERA and 0.67 WHIP and earned 39 saves.That was Rivera's age-38 season, and it symbolized his career's graceful finish. He was dominant until the end, as evidenced by his 2.11 ERA in his final season when he was 43 years old.This year's induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 21. Mike Mussina, Edgar Martinez and Roy Halladay are also in the Hall of Fame class of 2019.
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